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Mt. Ishizuchi, Saijo

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Mount Ishizuchi is a 1982m mountain on the border of Saijō and Kumakōgen, in Ehime, Japan. This mountain is one of the 100 famous mountains in Japan. It is the highest mountain in Western Japan.OutlineMount Ishizuchi is the highest mountain on the island of Shikoku and also the highest mountain west of Mount Haku. It is known as 'the roof of Shikoku' and the sharp, rocky summit resembles a huge stone hammer.Mount Ishizuchi is an important object of worship in this region and one of the major centers of Shugendō, a sect of mixture of Shintoism and Buddhism. At the top of the mountain there is a small shrine called the Ishizuchi Shrine. This mountain is also known as one of Seven Holy Mountains. There are several sets of heavy iron chains leading up to the summit and this is the route many pilgrims opt to take, the longest set being 68m. However, it is possible to hike all the way to the peak along a trail which includes stairs and ramps with handrails.The climbing season opens every year on July 1, and women are forbidden from climbing the mountain on this day. Between mid-October and mid-November, people come from far and wide to view the autumn colours.The area around Mount Ishizuchi is a major part of Ishizuchi Quasi-National Park.Access Sanchōjōju Station of Ishizuchi Ropeway Ishizuchi Tsuchigoya Bus Stop of Iyotetsu Bus
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  • Don't let the distance/elevation gain (10 miles/3,000 ft.) fool you. This is NOT a super-easy hike. It's made difficult mainly by the four sections where one must use chains to ascend (you may take lo...  more »
  • Great hike to the top. It starts from the shrine 15 minutes after the cable car station and continues for I think 4 km till the top. It is not an easy one as it is quite steep even skipping the chains...  more »
  • Upon reaching the destination, the first car park costs 500¥. Park here as it's only 50m from the beginning of the walk-up to the Ropeway Station. If you park right opposite the walk-up, it costs 700¥...  more »